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Cavs' JR Smith questionable for Game 3 vs. Pacers with hamstring injury

Cavs' JR Smith questionable for Game 3 vs. Pacers with hamstring injury

Cleveland Cavaliers won their first ever National Basketball Association trophy last season and, taking everything into account, they have a good chance of defending the title. Nothing comes easy, not even in the first round of the playoffs. And if they can't dig themselves out of an 0-2 deficit when the first-round series resumes in Indianapolis on Thursday night, George and in will be facing an elimination game Sunday.

Simply advancing to the second round, however, is not Cleveland's goal. And now the Pacers are two losses away from being eliminated by James' team for the fourth time in six years, the first three while James played for Miami.

It's not a foregone conclusion that Cavaliers will return to the finals for a third consecutive year.

The Cleveland Cavaliers finished the regular season with a 51-31 record, second in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland was in control for much of Game 2, though a fourth-quarter comeback by in made things close in the final two minutes.

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Most important, as the Cavs have come together, the Pacers seem to be coming apart at the seams, starting with All-Star Paul George. As he recovered from surgery that caused him to miss 2½ months of the season, he stayed behind in Cleveland, missing out on road trips with the team.

But Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue sounded the warning about his team's high turnover count, which allowed the Pacers to re-enter the contest. They're sticking to us, so it's hard for us to get shots. Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is mourning the death of his 22-year-old sister in a auto crash while trying to contend in a playoff series his team trails 2-0 to the Chicago Bulls. We'll see what happens tomorrow. "The worse Love's performance in Cleveland's playoff run, and the worse the Cavaliers lose, the more likely the teams are to find common ground".

This is why those 2001 Lakers have been held up as an example of what the playoffs could be for Cleveland, especially considering how well those playoffs went for the Lakers.

For the second straight game, the Pacers did. Cleveland's incompetent play at that end for the past several weeks is the most obvious reason, but not the most important one, which is a lack of players capable of actually ratcheting up its defensive ability to an acceptable level in the first place.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a bout of fourth-quarter jitters to take a grip of their National Basketball Association playoff series against the Indiana Pacers Monday as San Antonio seized control of their duel with Memphis.

With Kevin Love taking advantage of Indiana's small-ball lineup, plowing through his defender in the paint and earning repeated trips to the free-throw line, the Cavs scored 33 points on 11-of-18 from the field.

The ultimate goal, however, remains the same.

Of course the Cavs want to win and will try to win. If not, their fate is already sealed.

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